Sunday, February 16, 2014

Write Right! (The Business of Books' upcoming workshops)

Hi, folks! My friends Jen and Kerry, the brilliant minds behind the Business of Books, have great workshops coming up in Seattle this spring. You'll learn a lot, plus I guarantee you'll have fun. I also suspect you'll meet some other inspiring aspiring authors. 

Check out the details, courtesy of Jen: 

Write a Successful Query LetterMarch 20, 6:30-8:30pmHotel 1000, Seattle, WA
We’ll walk you through creating an attention-grabbing and business savvy query letter for your book project, no matter the genre. During the two-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to:
  • Compose a compelling opening that will knock anyone’s socks off
  • Write a query that matches the tone and voice of your manuscript
  • Detail all the ways you and your book project are a good business bet
  • Distill everything an editor or agent needs to know into succinct letter form
  • Use examples of other successful query letters to your advantage
  • Research and compile a targeted submission list
By the end of this hands-on workshop, you’ll have a running start on your query letter and a clear plan for capturing the attention of the right agents and editors. A query letter serves as your stand-in, your pitch, your first shot across the publishing bow. We’ll show you how to make every word count. $99.Register:

Craft a Winning Book ProposalApril 10, 6:30-9:30pmHotel 1000, Seattle, WA
You may have a terrific book or book idea ready to dazzle the world. Alas, without a spot-on book proposal, it may never see the light of day. Don’t let this happen to you! In this three-hour workshop, learn how to create a savvy and professional proposal that will make publishers and agents sit up and take notice. Two industry insiders will walk you through the key elements of any successful proposal–including title/subtitle, opening pitch, author bio, and marketing ideas–and help you polish each one with hands-on exercises. By crafting a winning proposal, you’ll get your book idea out of the slush pile–and onto the shelves. $149.